Sanjay Dutt deserved early release from jail, says Maharashtra government

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 18, 2017

The report, however, said that Dutt had been released early on account of "good behaviour, discipline, participation in various institutional activities".

The government denied allegations that any special treatment had been meted out to Dutt.

The state filed the affidavit opposing a public interest litigation filed by activist Pradeep Bhalekar, through his advocate Nitin Satpute, who alleged that the government had granted extra remission to Dutt claiming good conduct. He was given a further four days of remission per month for performing the allotted work in accordance with the prescribed standards.

A division bench of Justices R M Savant and Sadhana Jadhav had last month directed the state government to file an affidavit explaining the grounds on which Dutt was granted early remission.

On February 25 2016, however, considering Dutt's conduct, the state made a decision to let him out eight months and 16 days before he completed his five-year sentence. Another three days of remission (ordinary) is given to each inmate every month which is added to annual remission of 30 days.

It also said that on October 19, 2015, an application was filed by Dutt seeking sanction for special remission which was rejected by the prisons department on December 15, 2015.

Dutt was sentenced to six years' rigorous imprisonment on July 31, 2007, under the Arms Act. Dutt was sentenced to five years in jail for possession of arms, which were part of a consignment used in the blasts that ripped through the city on March 12, 1993, killing as many as 257 people and injuring over 700 others. "In the present matter at hand, as per the rules, the accused (Dutt) is entitled for 256 days remission which comes to eight months and 16 days", the report said. Sanjay Dutt was given parole thrice for his wife's medical treatment and once for his daughter's.

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